Plitvice Lakes National Park

The Plitvice Lakes is Croatia's most famous national park and among the most beautiful sights in Europe. Due to their natural diversity, they are on the list of UNESCO World Heritage. Read more on the National Park website!

The Plitvice lakes consist of 16 connected lakes and numerous waterfalls, surrounded by dense forests. Many trails and small wooden bridges built just above the calm water host travelers worldwide.

Tour from Split to Plitvice Lakes

If you are staying in Split Central Dalmatia County, I feel obligated to give you an explanation about this tour before you book this trip.

Undoubtedly, taking a tour to Plitvice Lakes from Split is a great experience. First of all, you should expect a long drive. It will take two hours and a half in each direction. It means that you will spend at least 5 hours on the bus; it's better to count 6 hours from my experience.

I must say this is the only disadvantage of this tour. Split and Plitvice National Park is 250 km (155 miles). Day tours from Split to Plitvice Lakes typically last eight to 12 hours. 

Despite everything, once you get to the lakes, you will forget all the effort or fatigue. The rest is just like in a fairy tale. The whole park is enormous, and it would take more than a day to see the entire park.

Plitvice Lakes National Park map

Depending on how much time you will have, there are some different length pathways that you could take; the standard route takes about 2-3 hours by foot.

There are also opportunities to take a boat tour on the lakes, included in most organized tours from Split. You will also find restaurants, so there is no need to worry about bringing your food.

And to conclude, I ask you just one thing – keep the beautiful National Park Plitvice Lakes clean for future generations!

Getting To Plitvice Lakes From Split

On the map below, you can see the exact location of the Plitvice Lakes. National Park is located somewhere in the middle between Zagreb and Split. Distance from Zagreb is 140 km, and Split is 219 km from the Plitvice Lakes.

From Split to Plitvice Lakes map

There are four ways to visit Plitvice National Park from Split:

  • By car
  • By train
  • By bus
  • Day tours

Travel to Plitvice NP by car

Whether you travel by your car or you intend to rent one, it will take you on average from 2 1/2 hours to 3 hours. This difference in time depends on which direction you will take.

The faster route via E71 and A1 has more traffic on the map, but it's a more recommended route than the one via Knin D1. The second one is the shorter route but less advisable.

Traveling by car is the only way to visit this National Park in a day. It would be best to depart relatively early in the morning to have enough time to explore the park.

By train

There is no direct train from Split to Plitvice Lakes.

By bus

The bus is the best way to visit Plitvice Lakes on your own. Although it may be hard to make a day trip from Split to the Plitvice Lakes using public transport – it's simply too far to make a round trip in one day.

All buses leave the central bus station, located in Split harbor, next to the train station. There is a large number of bus companies running this connection. Bus schedules (and fares) are always available at the bus station (often known as well online). Purchase the bus tickets directly at the departure station.

For schedules and prices, check the Split bus station website.

Day tours to Plitvice National Park Croatia From Split

Plitvice Lakes scenery

Spend your day in the pristine nature of Plitvice Lakes, Croatia's most fascinating National Park. See a grand collection of waterfalls, gallery of lakes, forest, and diversity of animal life, and do NOT forget to bring your camera!

Plitvice lakes NP

Take part in this full-day tour to Plitvice Lake from Split. Take a short hike around Plitvice Lakes, Croatia’s most famous national park, and the most beautiful sights in Europe.

Due to their natural diversity, they are part of the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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